Summary: Tab, the third. Samsung has something for everyone in its tablet portfolio: the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is aimed at users who are looking for a medium sized tablet and can do without pen input. Confidently, Samsung wants 299 Euros (~$397) for it - an appropriate value for the money?
Pros: High 3D performance, Good performance in Internet browsing, Fast memory, Good color reproduction, Bright display, Extensive software package, Numerous input options, Good battery life, Proper speakers, The tablet is ahead in every aspect. Samsung has also lowered the price compared to the last generation.
Cons: Blue tint of the display, Mediocre processor performance, Plastic case, Case temperatures are a bit high, Relatively high price, Bloatware, An operating system without bloatware.
Excerpt: With Samsung flooding the market with phones and tablets, it’s hardly surprising that they’ve release three, yes, three Samsung Galaxy Tab 3s. The baby of the bunch is the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 , the biggest Tab 3 is the 10-incher and the subject of this review sitting in between is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0.
Pros: Slender, ergonomic design, Bright, vibrant screen, Up-to-date version of Android
Cons: Pricey for a dual-core tablet, Samsung's TouchWiz UI is heavy, Middling screen resolution
Summary: Overall, the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is an excellent 8-inch tablet, whether you're looking to multitask on the go or you want to kick back and control your TV. We like the thin and light design, bright and colorful display and the fact that you can enjoy many of the same software features found on Samsung Galaxy phones, such as Quick Settings and Multi Window.
Pros: Thin and light design, Robust quick settings and lock-screen options, Built-in TV remote, Bright display, Long battery life
Conclusion: Looking for a decent mid-range Android tablet? Well, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch would be a good choice. It is light, portable, and capable enough to be used for not only web surfing and writing emails, but also for watching HD movies and even playing some Real Racing 3 every once in a while. The device doesn't have any flaws that would make it a deal breaker, so if it fits your budget, go ahead and grab one!
Pros: Light, thin, easy to hold and carry around, Built-in IR Blaster works as a TV remote control, Camera is usable in daytime
Excerpt: In Samsung’s marketing scheme to offer a wide variety of sizes for their tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch stands above its Galaxy Tab 3 brethren. For those that cannot afford the more expensive Samsung Note 8”, the Tab 3 8” is an excellent option for $100 cheaper than the Note. Aside from being cheaper, the Tab 3 8” is also thinner and lighter than its Note counterpart.
Conclusion: There's plenty of good to be had from the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. But less so at this price point. It's pricier than the higher-resolution Nexus 7, and its plasticky construction just isn't as well made as the Apple iPad mini. And for once the Apple device is the more affordable of the two. Even if the screen's not class-leading in resolution terms, we've found it more than usable in a variety of conditions.
Pros: Slim, light, microSD slot for expansion, screen decent in many conditions, decent battery life, multi-window view is a cool idea
Cons: Plastic construction, screen res could be higher, too expensive compared to the competition